Elisa Bermudez studied communication and global journalism at Drexel University, she later obtained a master of arts in research journalism from Northeastern University. She has acquired a combination of news reporting experience and public relations for the non-profit sector where she had the opportunity to work closely with the local Hispanic community and cases of press freedom violations from Latin America. Her former employers include The Associated Press, Reporters Without Borders and Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc. Bermudez hopes her background in journalism and communications bring a non-fiction component to Spanish literature at the same time she learns more about literature, linguistics, cultural studies and pedagogy. Because she has always been interested in the field of humanities and communication at large, literature is not something unfamiliar in her life; in fact, what draw her to journalism was the exposure she received during childhood to all sorts of written material and art forms. Bermúdez has written few poems in English and Spanish (still in progress) and dived into photography where her predominant theme is people, culture and environment. Recently, she received the Bronze Award for the amateur category in the 2011 International Loupe Award based in Sidney, Australia. She is excited about joining the Hispanic Studies graduate program at Villanova because of the unique opportunity to expand her world beyond communications and journalism. Bermudez is confident that the program’s components in literature, linguistics, culture and pedagogy will complement beautifully to her background in communications. She is particularly interested in 20th century and modern Latin American literature, Hispanic-American literature, historical linguistics and colloquial speech. She is a founder member of Drexel’s Cultural Diversity Student Association (CDSA) and Casa de Venezuela. She’s also a member of Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Bermudez was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela but grew up in Caracas and spent nearly two years living in the Venezuelan eastern plains.